Skip to main content


Student Activities

We offer opportunities to explore British Columbia and build long lasting friendships.

Scheduled Activities

Every school year, international students studying in Saanich participate in organized activities and excursions. While not required, SISP activities and excursions are encouraged to explore other parts of British Columbia and build long lasting friendships. Registration is completed at your school by your school based International Program Assistant or online when trips are provided by our partner, Discover Canada Tours.

New Student Orientation
(September 2-3)

The SISP New Student JumpStart Orientation is a 2 day event. In this 2 day orientation, students will be introduced to their school and community and participate in a variety of activities. Students will be involved in several events at their respective schools such as presentations, seminars, tours, games, and assessments. In addition, students will be taken outside of their schools to explore and experience the beautiful Greater Victoria area. Be sure to bring your study permit and a lunch!

Camp Qwanoes
(September 28-29)

This overnight outing takes place in the breathtaking location of Camp Qwanoes. Nestled away on a picturesque property alongside the Pacific Ocean only one hour outside of Victoria. Students will have the opportunity to take part in fabulous outdoor activities such as zip-lining, obstacle courses, and the monster swing. We take advantage of our time together to build connections and have fun. In the evening there is an Indigenous Education presentation in support of Truth and Reconciliation followed by a dance. Students stay in heated accommodations and enjoy two days of typical camp environment.

NEW THIS YEAR: We will also be visiting the Malahat Skywalk to take in some breathtaking views of the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding areas.

Victoria Whale Watching
(October 21)

Join Prince of Whales Whale Watching on an open zodiac for a day of whale watching. Departing from Victoria’s inner harbour you may see Orca and humpback whales. Getting out of the water is a must while in Saanich!

Vancouver Trip
(November 21-22)

Only a ferry ride away, during this overnight trip we embrace the city of Vancouver in all its beauty and flair while also attending an NHL Hockey Game. The Vancouver Canucks Vs. the Las Vegas Golden Nights.

The trip will feature:

  • Coach transportation
  • Experienced, friendly, fun tour guide
  • Hotel accommodation based on quad occupancy
  • Admission to FlyOver Canada
  • Admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Canucks Game Ticket
  • One breakfast in the hotel

Students will also visit the lively Shipyard District for a panoramic view of the downtown Vancouver skyline, a driving tour of Stanley Park and some shopping time in Metrotown Mall.

Whistler Ski Trip
(December 7-9)

Trip Overview

Join SISP for 2 days of skiing or snowboarding at Whistler, co-host of the Winter Olympics in 2010 and the largest ski resort in North America. This trip includes lift tickets and lessons for all ability levels.

Tour Inclusions and Highlights

  • School bus ride from your school to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
  • Return Transportation from Tsawwassen to Whistler
  • 2 nights accommodation in Whistler
  • 2 day lift ticket to Whistler Ski Resort
  • 2 full day lesson with a certified Whistler Instructor
  • 2 days ski/snowboard equipment rentals
  • all taxes



Mount Washington Ski Trip
(March 2-3)

Ski Vancouver Island’s own Mount Washington Alpine Resort just outside of Courtenay approximately 3 hours north of Victoria. This is a 1 night, 1 ski day trip.

Rocky Mountains Trip
(April 24-27)

Trip Overview

The Saanich International Student Program is going on a Rocky Mountain Adventure Tour. This 4-day trip will bring you to explore the beautiful mountain town of Banff in Alberta and the pristine, clear blue Lake Louise. You will experience a truly Canadian moment of mountain hiking, ice skating or skiing and make lifelong friends and memories on this adventure through the Rockies!
This trip will depart on Monday, April 24, 2023, in the morning, and return on Thursday, April 27, 2023, in the evening.
Tour Inclusions and Highlights
  • 3 nights' accommodation (quad occupancy 4 per room, 2 beds)

  • Coach bus transportation 

  • 4 days of sightseeing with Experienced, friendly and fun tour guides

  • Accommodation in Banff and other beautiful towns

  • Breakfast daily and 1 dinner at Golden.

  • Banff Gondola admission/Pete’s Farm admission & campfire/Park passes

  • Enroute entertainment, games and prizes

  • All taxes

Optional Activities:  

  • *Lake Louise skiing

  • *Ice skating 

  • *subject to availability and weather conditions*





Tofino Trip
(May 24-26)

The Saanich International Student Program is going on a Tofino Beach & Surfing Tour.

This 3-day trip will bring you to explore the beautiful beach in Tofino and rain forest of Pacific Rim National Park. Also, you will experience an exciting moment of surfing in the Pacific Ocean and make unforgettable memories of your study in Canada.

This trip will depart on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 in the morning, and return on Friday, May 26, 2023 in the evening. 

Year End BBQ
(June 8)

Everyone involved with SISP is invited to this very fun event. Students, staff, host families, teachers, and administration get together and enjoy a BBQ dinner & live music. Other activities include soccer, volleyball, and a photo booth

Begin your journey to hundreds of opportunities and a lifetime of memories.